Zombo Posted January 10, 2009 Report Share Posted January 10, 2009 This is really the last big weekend of football this year where you've got games on Saturday and Sunday, and I can feel the withdrawals coming on. The divisional round is usually my favorite as the top seeds get in the action against a team that just won a big game and has some momentum. This week I have known all week where I'm going with three picks, but the fourth one is not so obvious: Giants v. Eagles. I think the Giants (and Giant fans) kinda threw up in their mouths a little bit on the last week of the season when everything remarkably fell into the Eagles lap: The Bear lose at Houston ... and then, inexplicably, the Bucs fail while hosting Oakland to win a playoff spot (I would have fired Gruden before Shanahan). It's fair to say that the NFC was coming down to Carolina at NY Giants, the rest was just a formality ... until a REAL Wild Card entered the scene: The Philadelphia Eagles. They've got the offense, they've got the defense, they've got the momentum ... and when they play the Giants, they neutralize the homefield advantage because it's one of those Rivalry Games where you can "Throw out the records". That said, I'm leaning toward the G-men because I love their defense, they are rested, and they are playoff tested. And the Eagles looked a little bit vulnerable to the run last week ... either way, I think the Sunday games will be the most fun to watch. Baltimore at Tennessee 4:30 PM Sat Gotta give credit where it is due: Ozzie Newsome knows how to build a football team ... defense + strong up the middle, with a versatile running game. People forget, Belichick and Newsome worked together five years in Cleveland and built the same type of team ... and even handed Parcels his ass in the playoffs before Uncle Scum did his thing. Certainly seems they rubbed off on each other, though. This Ravens team has a lot going for it, but I'm still not buying Joe Flacco. I am ready for the meltdown. And the Titans are just the defense to cause it. Folks ... Jeff Fisher is no dummy ... this Titans team is going to the Super Bowl. And I'm taking graybeard Collins over peachfuzz Flacco. I like the Titans in a solid win today. TITANS 20 RAVENS 9 Arizona at Carolina 8:15 Sat If you've followed me through the years, you know where I'm going with this one. I like defense and running games in January. And Jake Delhomme is one of my favorite under-rated QBs of all time. So this one is just about picking a score for me ... I'll go with PANTHERS 38 CARDINALS 20 Philadelphia at New York Giants 1:00 Sun Yeah, I'm looking forward to this one. I like when two divisional rivals meet up in the playoffs. When I was a kid I think of Raiders-Chiefs, Cowboys-Redskins, Steelers-Oilers ... lots of good ol' fashioned hate. I like the Eagles QB better, but the Giants power running game in snowy conditions. I just have the feeling that I could analyze this one to death and it comes down to a high snap or blocked kick so ... what the heck: GIANTS 20 EAGLES 19 San Diego at Pittsburgh 4:45 Sun Mike Tomlin made the absolute coaching blunder of the year two weeks ago, starting his franchise QB against a divisional rival in a meaningless game, and today he pays for it. If Big Gay Ben can fit his swollen head in his helmet tomorrow, he will undoubtedly be in trouble behind the Steelers worst offensive line in years, and the turnovers will flow. Tomlin should start Leftwich ... but I doubt he will ... he seems to be developing a penchant for shooting himself in the foot come playoff time. The Chargers have an outstanding QB, an outstanding OL, and whether it's LT or Sproles ... they can run on you. Too many weapons for the Steelers with BGB turning the ball over. CHARGERS 36 STEELERS 16 Zombo Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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